Lake Washington High School PTSA Newsletter

September 17, 2014 | Issue 3
In This Issue
Kang Crier 

Co-editors: Jeanine Lewis & Karen Peters

Quick Links

~ Upcoming Events ~

Tonight! Parent Technology Class
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 5-6pm, LWHS


Tonight! Curriculum Night  
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6:30pm, Gym
Pick up student schedules from 6-6:30pm

Tomorrow! Fall Play Auditions
Thursday, Sept. 18, after school, Theater

Fall Play Audition Call Backs
Friday, Sept. 19, after school, Theater

Swim and Dive Fundraiser
Friday, Sept. 19, 6-8pm, Readi Spaghetti

LWSD Special Needs Group Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7-8:30pm, LWSD Resource Center

PTSA General Membership Meeting with College Planning Expert
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7-8:30pm, Library

Fear-Free SAT Practice Testing
Saturday, Sept. 27, 8:30am, Library

LWHS Beautification Day
Saturday, Oct. 4, 8am-12pm

Fear-Free ACT Practice Testing
Saturday, Oct. 4, 8:30am, Library

Coffee with Christina, LWHS Principal
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 9-10am, LWHS Career Center

PSAT Testing for Sophomores and Juniors
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 8am

PTSA Sounders Day - Sounders vs. LA Galaxy
Saturday, Oct. 25, 12pm



Tonight! Donate Supplies at Curriculum Night
Reams of Copy Paper, Tissues, Hand Sanitizer Needed

Please help stock LWHS classrooms by bringing boxes of tissue, hand sanitizer and reams of copy paper for use by copy paper students to Curriculum Night tonight, September 17.


Collection bins will be outside the main doors. Thank you!


Donate to Pass the Pouch

With all of the back-to-school hubbub, it might be easy to skip over, forget, or just ignore the oddly-named Pass the Pouch Fundraiser.  


  • Pass the Pouch (PTP) is based off of the "pass the hat" fundraising strategy, with a Kangaroo twist.
  • Thank you to all who have already donated to PTP!
  • PTP is the only fundraiser that LWHS PTSA has during the school year.
  • PTP donations directly benefit the school through our many PTSA programs, such as emergency prep, teacher & club grants, students-in-need, newsletter, Senior Salute, and much more!
  • PTP donations are tax-deductible.
  • PTP donations can be made via the LWHS PTSA website. If you would like to donate on Curriculum Night you will be given an opportunity to write a check (cash is welcome, too) during during homeroom. Rather than collecting donations in the classrooms as in years past, collection points will be set up in the hallways outside stairways and in the hallways leading out of the pods. Look for the purple balloons at the collection points.
  • PTP donations can be of any amount (it all helps!), but please consider the following levels:
    Bronze Kang $50
    Silver Kang $100
    Gold Kang $200
  • PTP donations can be doubled if your company does matching funds. It's an easy way to double your impact! See the PTSA website for a list of matching companies in the area.

On behalf of all those who will benefit from your generosity, we thank you! 

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Letter from the PTSA Co-Presidents

Hello Kang Families,


Have you ever attended a PTSA General Membership Meeting? At our next meeting we will have a Parent Education session titled: College Prep for Parents: What every parent should know in 2014. It's changed since we applied to colleges; it's gotten more complicated and stressful. How do you figure out which are the right schools for your kid, and how do the admissions officers choose who are the right kids for their school? And how will this all get paid for?! Come to the LWHS PTSA's next General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, September 24, at 7pm in the library. Deborah Cossey, from Rainier College Counseling, will be there to help guide parents through this rocky passage. (See article below for more info on the Parent Ed. session)


General Membership Meeting - Q&A


What is a PTSA General Membership Meeting?

The LWHS PTSA, like every PTSA/PTA, is run by its members, not its Board of Directors. The board meets every month to "run the business", but we can't make big decisions about budgets, goals, elections, etc. without consulting our membership and asking them to vote on these decisions. So, the General Membership Meetings are when the members come together and vote.


Can anybody come to a LWHS PTSA General Membership Meeting?

Yes! Only PTSA members can vote, but you do not need to be a PTSA member to attend.


What if I've never been to a PTSA meeting ever in my life??

We would love to have any and all interested people come to our meetings. We promise we won't call on you and ask you any PTSA trivia questions! No participation is required, other than paying attention.


What goes on at these meetings?

The PTSA holds a short meeting where we update our PTSA members (and whoever else is in attendance) on what we are doing as a PTSA, and ask our members to vote on various things.


Will we hear from the Principal?
LWHS Principal Christina Thomas always fills us in on what's going on at school, or on topics like Common Core, or other things parents need to know about. Parents have a chance to ask her questions.


What about Parent Ed?

The last (and largest) part of the meeting is devoted to Parent Education. In September, the topic is: "College Prep for Parents: What every parent should know in 2014".


Is there pressure to volunteer or donate money?

No! These meetings are not for fundraising or recruiting volunteers. You will not leave the meeting somehow signed up to run the Senior Party.


Is it useful?

Yes! These meetings are always informative, whether you learn something during the PTSA meeting, or from Christina Thomas, you will always walk away knowing something you didn't before. AND, it's a great way to meet other parents and get connected with what's going on at LW.


Last, but not least, is there food?

Of course! We wouldn't want you to be hungry!


Our General Membership Meeting Schedule for 2014-2015:

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7pm, LWHS Library

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7pm, LWHS Library

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 7pm, LWHS Library

Wednesday, Mar. 18, 7pm, LWHS Library

Wednesday, May 20, 7pm, LWHS Library

Liz Hedreen and Anne Ryan, LWHS PTSA Co-Presidents 


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PTSA General Meeting with Parent Education
College Prep for Parents:  What every parent should know in 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 7-8:30pm, LWHS Library
Everyone is welcome to attend our first General Membership Meeting - you do not need to be a member. This is a great opportunity to find out what is going on at LWHS and meet other parents.

As part of every LWHS PTSA General Membership Meeting we offer a Parent Education topic. This month our featured speaker, Deborah Cossey, M. Ed., of Rainier College Counseling, will cover what parents today need to know about supporting their students through the college application process. 

What will be covered:
General overview of college admissions in 2014
What criteria colleges use to choose students
How to create a college list
Paying for college...general info and tips
Testing, testing and more testing
Special circumstances: what to do if your child is an athlete, musician, actor, artist or has special needs

You can learn more about Deborah Cossey, M. Ed., at Rainier College Counseling's website ( 
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New this year! Quarterly Coffees with Christina
Wednesday, October 8, 9-10am, Career Center
Join Principal Christina Thomas and your fellow parents for an hour of coffee and conversation. Christina will talk about what's going on at school and answer questions. It'll be a great opportunity to meet other LW parents (or other interested adults!), and get connected with the LW community. It's a casual, drop-in event, so stop by and get a cup of coffee and a baked treat made by our wonderful PTSA volunteer bakers! If you have any questions, contact PTSA Co-Presidents Anne Ryan or Liz Hedreen. 
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PTSA Membership Report
Membership Goal is 500 Members
PTSA membership is off to a good start in these first few weeks of the year. Already we have close to 200 parents, staff and community members who have signed up, and more are coming in every day. Our goal this year is to hit 500, so we would love to keep those memberships coming in. Curriculum Night is a great opportunity to learn more about the PTSA and to show your support through your membership and contribution to Pass the Pouch.

No Paper Forms This Year
When you are ready to join PTSA, go to our LWHS PTSA website and make your purchase there with your credit card or Paypal account. We do not have paper membership forms this year, it's all online. The great news is that it is quick and simple, and after you've done it the first time it's even faster in subsequent years. Individual membership is $15, family membership is $25, staff membership is $10.

Why Become a PTSA Member?
Joining LWHS PTSA is an easy way to say that you support what we do for the school, it's an easy way to join your voice with that of other concerned parents', and it's an easy way to be engaged. Be a part of something good for your kids!

Discounts Available to PTA Members

  • PTA members will receive special rates from FedEx/Kinkos as part of the partnership with the WSPTA.
  • Hertz- The world's largest airport general use car rental brand is proud to offer PTA members up to 20% off.
  • Staples - Supports individual PTA members with an exclusive year-round in-store discount, including: * 10% off supplies and furniture * 25% off copy & print * 5% back in rewards on everything else you buy at Staples (except postage, phone/gift cards and savings passes) * Free shipping on
Go to our Washington State PTA website for more information about these discounts and many others.

To join the PTSA online, simply go to the website and click on the "Join PTSA/Pass the Pouch" tab on the left side of the screen. Thank you for joining the PTSA.


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New! Fear-Free SAT/ACT Practice Testing
Do you wonder how your student will score on the SAT or ACT? Want them to know what it's like to get up early on Saturday morning and sit in a real test environment for several hours? LWHS PTSA is offering students the opportunity to take a low-cost ($20) practice SAT or ACT in a real test environment at school. These are actual SAT and ACT tests from previous years, administered and scored by Princeton Review, but not recorded. Tests will be returned to students within 1-2 weeks, in a free review session. Scholarships are available - contact Cheryl Ronbeck at for more information. Register online via the secure PTSA website or at the cashier's office with this form. See the flyer here.

Fear-Free SAT/ACT Test Dates at LWHS:

Saturday, Sept. 27, 8:30am - SAT test 

Thursday, Oct. 9, 7-8:30pm - SAT Review session  

Registration deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 23 


Saturday, Oct. 4, 8:30am - ACT test  

Wednesday, Oct.15, 7-8:30pm - ACT review session  

Registration deadline: Friday, Sept. 26 


Saturday, Jan. 17, morning - SAT test  

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 7-8:30pm - SAT test review session  


Saturday, Jan. 31, morning - ACT test

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7-8:30pm - ACT test review session  


All tests and review sessions will be held in the library. 



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Explore the Arts - PTSA Reflections
Entry Deadline November 3

REFLECT: Reflections is an opportunity for students to showcase their creative expression and/or gain creative experience in the field of arts. This year's theme is "The world would be a better place if..."


CREATE: Based on the theme, students in all grades can express themselves through Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, Film Production and/or Choreography/Dance. The category is their choice and they may enter in more than one category.


BE RECOGNIZED:  LWHS entry deadline is November 3 by 2:45pm in the LWHS office.  LWSD Council winners will be announced in January. A great highlight for the resume!


 For more information:

Visit the Washington PTA website for rules and entry form. 

Any questions, contact Amanda Maggiora, Reflections Chair.

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Sounders Day to Benefit the PTSA
Sounders vs. LA Galaxy, Saturday, October 25
What's more fun than going to a Sounders game? How about going to a Sounders game with thousands of other Lake Washington school district kids and families! The Lake Washington PTSA Council (not to be confused with the LWHS PTSA!) has reserved 5,000 tickets to be sold to LWSD families at a discount. 
Who: Lake Washington PTSA Council 
What: A district-wide event with the Seattle Sounders as they play against the Los Angeles Galaxy in the final home game of the regular season. This match is sure to sell out, so the Sounders have blocked out a limited amount of seats at a reduced price of $18.00 per ticket. 
Where: Century Link Field, Seattle
When: Saturday, October 25 at 12 noon
Why: This event will welcome back and bring together all of the families of the Lake Washington School District as we get settled into another fantastic school year! Also, these tickets are reduced from $25 to $18, and a portion of all sales will go back to your local PTA/PTSA.
How: Go to this link, enter the promo code for LWHS: "ptalwhs", and make your purchase. 

For questions, see the Q&A document.
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Help Show Off Kang Student and Staff Accomplishments!
Articles for the Bulletin Board are welcomed
purple ribbon See an interesting news item about Lake Washington HS or its students or staff? The PTSA displays a variety of Kang related articles on the Bulletin Board in the Attendance Office. If you haven't seen it before, you should check it out! Kangs are doing all kinds of great things!

For more information, or to notify us of an article, email
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Privacy & the Kang Crier
In the Back-to-School packet parents/guardians received a form from the District called "Directory Withhold Form - SS100." This form provides you with the opportunity to check boxes labelled "Withhold [your child's name or image] From Public Release" and "Withhold [your child's name or image] From District Use." If you check those boxes, your child will not be listed in the Kang Crier, nor will any photos including their image be published. If your child is in a group photo that photo will not be published. The Kang Crier primarily goes out to LWHS families, but any member of the public can go to our LWHS PTSA website and sign up to receive it. We also archive our newsletter on that website which is then accessible to the public. 
If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact the Kang Crier editors Jeanine Lewis or Karen Peters at

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Kang Achievements

Congratulations to LW's National Merit Scholar Semifinalists!

As announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, 28 LWSD high school seniors qualified as semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. LWHS had two semifinalists, Megan LeGresley and Roland Munsil.
Students qualified for these awards by completing the 2013 PSAT test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.  

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Congratulations to LW's Yearbook Staff!

Lake Washington High School yearbook program has received the National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award recognizing those who excel in the creation and distribution of their yearbook, and meet the following criteria:


A Meaningful Book for All Students - 96% of students were included at least 3 times

A Book in Every Student's Hands - 70% of the students purchased a book

Effective Project Management - yearbook staff meet 100% of their deadlines
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Successful Senior Project Leaves Safety Legacy

In May 2014, Lake Washington High School senior Taylor Holliday made a request to the Kirkland City Council for a traffic signal with a left turn arrow for westbound traffic to enter Lake Washington High School. This request was the culmination of her senior project. In response to the request, the Kirkland Public Works Street Division added an arrow to the existing traffic signal, which was operational in time for the first day of school on September 2. The modified signal now shows a left green arrow for westbound traffic on NE 80th Street, giving drivers the ability to enter the high school, while eastbound drivers yield to a red light. Read more.



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LWHS News & Activities

Parent Technology Class-Tonight!
Learn How to Use Parent Access, Haiku and More

Would you like some help setting up your Parent Access account? Or would you like an introduction to how to use the great digital resources that the district has made available to parents (Haiku teacher sites, grades through StandardsScore, and more)? Here is your chance to get an introduction to ways that you can support your child's education through technology. Join us for a one-hour class on September 17, from 5-6pm at LWHS. It will be just before Curriculum Night begins, so you'll learn how to navigate Haiku and StandardsScore, and then have a chance to meet your student's teachers.


If interested in attending, please register for the class with your name and email address. This will allow us to make sure we have enough trainers. We will send you a confirmation email with the time, location and directions for setting up your Parent Access account, if you haven't done so already. Questions may be directed to Jill Berge at

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LWHS Beautification Day!
Volunteers Needed - Saturday, October 4, 8am - 12pm
Student Government is planning a day for students, families, staff, community members, and  friends to come and help "beautify" the school! We hope that you will be able to volunteer some time to help with weeding, cleaning and renovating the grounds.


On Saturday, October 4, from 8:00am-12:00pm, we need as many people as possible to help out in our efforts. We understand that when people work at, or with something, they appreciate it more and it becomes theirs. This is what we are hoping for the students! We also need parents!  


Everyone needs work gloves and tools - especially shovels, rakes, and hand clippers. We'll also be spreading mulch, so if you can bring a wheelbarrow or heavy tarp, please do so. 
Please mark your tools with your name. If you have any questions, please contact teacher Valerie Yob.
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ASB News

This summer the majority of ASB Student Government attended a leadership-themed summer camp, and learned about geese. There were some very important lessons that we learned from these simple animals.


Every fall, these migratory birds fly in a "V" formation to their wintering grounds, so that the birds in the rear of the formation can coast in the backdraft of the point goose. This means that each goose must take a turn bearing the brunt of the exertion as the point of the "V", often to near exhaustion. This year, as a leadership class, we plan on being that "point goose"; we will strive to serve the Lake Washington community as selfless leaders. We will put in hard work to ensure that the people around us can succeed and excel. Leadership to us is, as a plaque that hangs in the classroom states, taking a stride so that others may run.


A key goal of ours this year is to further unite and unify the students, the classes, the administration, and the staff of Lake Washington High School. We believe that school spirit and pride starts with togetherness. This year's Student Government will work harder and more diligently than any class before us to make each and every member of our community feel welcome and comfortable. LW is our home away from home; we aim to make it feel that way. Fall is a great time of year to start on an endeavor like this thanks to the array of athletics and school-sponsored events. Our first spirit assembly will be held on the 19th of September, just as sports seasons are kicking into full swing, in order to get the student body excited and participating in the enthralling athletics and other programs LW has to offer. Be it a football game, girls' soccer game, or Drama production, the Leadership class is working so that LW events continue to be great ways to show Kang Pride. Autumn also means the Homecoming dance is approaching and will be held on October 11 in the Commons! The Homecoming football game will be held on Friday, October 10. It promises to be an unforgettable event as we are making changes we hope will increase participation of many students and add to the excitement as we crown our King and Queen on the field.


We as a Leadership class are incredibly excited to help continue Lake Washington High School's legacy as an outstanding school, both academically and out of the classroom. We hope that by the end of this year we will have established new traditions and left a positive mark on our community as a whole. Like those geese that volunteer themselves to fly at the point of the "V", we will lead LW to an even brighter place.


Your 2014/2015 ASB Student Government


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Drama Club News
Fall Play Auditions - Thursday, September 18, Theater
The fall play will be performed the weekend of November 15 and 16, and auditions for the plays are tomorrow.

Auditions will be held after school on Thursday, September 18 in the theater and Call Backs are the next day, Friday, September 19, also in the theater. Be prepared with a 1-2 minute monologue. Sign-up sheet will be outside of the theater.

Ms. Amy Sullivan (Language Arts/ Drama) is the director of the plays and is the sponsor for the Drama Club. The Drama Club meets on Fridays right after school in the theater. Come join this vibrant community of rising actors!
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Swim & Dive Fundraiser
Friday, September 19, 6 - 8pm, Readi Spaghetti
Support LW Swim & Dive at Readi Spaghetti on Friday, September 19 from 6-8pm. Stop by the new Juanita location at 13706 100th Ave in Kirkland to enjoy pasta, pizza, soup, salad, and kid's meals. Eat in or order take out online. A percentage of every order goes to the team! See the flyer here.

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Changes to Assignments on Haiku
Finding assignments in Haiku can be really difficult for students and parents alike, since there are so many different ways to arrange them. To make the process easier, LWHS has agreed that every teacher will post links to their assignments in the top right-hand corner of their main Haiku site. That way, students and parents don't have to search all over looking for the assignment section. Just check the top right-hand corner of the teacher's Haiku site.


Also, the district has agreed that all "due-next-day" Haiku assignments will be posted by 3pm. If, for some reason, an assignment gets posted later than 3pm, it should not be due the next day. If teachers assigned work in class without putting it on Haiku at all, then those assignments are still due as discussed in class.


We hope these agreements will make navigating Haiku a simpler process for everyone. And if you would like more help in accessing Haiku, check out the Parent Technology class being offered September 17 immediately before Curriculum Night (see article).


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Poetry Club & Slams!
In the last school year, the Poetry Club put together two amazing Poetry Slams and this year we want them to be even better. We are looking to do two to three slams this upcoming year and we want your student to be involved! There are many ways for them to do this, including attending the Poetry Club and writing Poetry for either the Slam Competition or the Open Mic; being a Poetry Club member and working on planning, advertising, and logistics; or helping to spread the word and providing support. In addition, we are looking to make this year's Slams a bit more authentic by adding a DJ to play between poets. We also hope to project student artwork on a screen behind the poets. If your child is an aspiring DJ, is interested in visual arts, or would like to be involved in the Slams in any way, please have them see Mr. Terich in Room 271a at any time. 

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Attendance Office News
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

 - Benjamin Franklin

Get your Flu Shots! 
Flu season is just around the corner. In order to prevent it from getting you down, you may

want to consider a flu shot. They are available now at most local pharmacies.

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Counseling Center

Who's Who in the Counseling Center

Students who should wish to see their counselor sign up on a clipboard in the Counseling Center. We are thrilled that we were able to hire an additional counselor; her name is Vaudrey Brown. Students are assigned alphabetically by their last name. Please check carefully since counselor assignments shifted a bit with the addition of Ms. Brown.

  • Lori White                 A -- C
  • Vaudrey Brown         D -- HO
  • Taylor Reuhl             HP -- McD
  • Sara Ray                  McE -- SA
  • Marilyn Hargraves    SB -- Z

Allison Henry is our school psychologist, and she makes her home in the Counseling Center, too. Angie Wooden is our new Counseling Secretary and can be reached at 425-936-1702. To update addresses or phone numbers, contact our new Data Processor Kim Denning. BECCA Specialist Sandy Hearn is also in our office. And, finally, we are pleased that Andrea Frost, our Youth Eastside Services Prevention Interventionist, is back with us this year.

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Services Available at the Counseling Center

One of the Counseling Center's main goals is to facilitate your student's high school years to make the experience as successful as possible. Students meet with their counselor by parent, teacher, administrator or self-referral. Your student's counselor is available to help on many different fronts:

  • Academic Counseling - Counselors meet with students during spring registration to help them select courses that meet both graduation requirements and expand on their personal interests. We also work with students who are struggling in academics by reviewing more efficient study habits and organizational skills. For students whose academic life is sometimes a little too hectic, we are happy to share some stress and time management techniques. It isn't always easy to balance courses, activities, leadership roles, athletics, employment, and family commitments!
  • Personal Counseling - Counselors also work with students who are dealing with relationship issues, personal concerns, academic or behavioral difficulties, and normal developmental challenges. Counseling is short-term, skill-based, and goal-oriented. Of course, counseling and support are provided to students and their families facing emergency situations. Upon request from parents, we provide referrals to other professional resources such as mental health professionals, social services, special school programs, or juvenile services.
  • Post High School Planning - Most students take advantage of the wealth of information that is available from the Counseling Center and the College and Career Center. We offer college advising, testing, scholarship and financial aid information. We support students in their entire application process from completing applications and securing recommendations to writing their personal statements and resumes. Together with the College and Career Center, we also have information on two-year community colleges, apprenticeship programs, vocational and specialty colleges, as well as the military.

And We're Off 

Students are now all settled (and happy!) in their classes and, hopefully, have found a routine that works well for them. Whether students are in three or more Advanced Placement classes or none at all, students need to study every night. By using the daily planner and not falling behind, students will be better prepared for both daily class discussion and those frustrating pop quizzes or bigger unit tests. With homework, extracurricular commitments like athletic practice or club/organization duties, community volunteering, family obligations, or employment responsibilities, students can easily become overwhelmed and stressed. If they encounter difficulties in their classes, students need to meet with their teachers as soon as possible. Students can also join or form a study group to help their understanding.  


If students find themselves over committed, they need to scale back on their non-school commitments. It's better to do well in fewer commitments than mediocre in many. One of the many valuable lessons students have an opportunity to learn in high school is how to problem solve: how to figure out what to do to make their situation work, how to use self-discipline and a strong work ethic to be successful, and how to access resources. This helps to build resilience which is necessary on their road to becoming independent.


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PSAT Testing for Sophomores and Juniors
Wednesday, October 15, 8am

The PSAT is given once a year; this year it is on Wednesday, October 15 at 8am here at LWHS. This pre-college test measures critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills. It focuses on critical thinking skills that are important for college success. While the PSAT is a junior level test, the district requires all sophomores to take the PSAT as practice; there will not be a test fee for sophomores. We encourage college bound juniors to take the PSAT; while the test fee has not yet been determined, it usually runs between $14 and $16. There are several important benefits to taking the PSAT. It introduces students to college entrance tests like the SAT and ACT and the detailed score report will help them focus on what they need to improve. It also helps them begin their college search process. If juniors perform exceptionally well on the test, it psat could mean scholarship and academic recognition. Registration for juniors will begin in early October, and students will pay through the ASB window. Students will be reminded through homeroom and on the LWHS web page.

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SAT & ACT Test Dates for 2014-2015

LWHS Code is 480545


SAT (register at

Test Date                                                              Registration Deadline

October 11, 2014                                                  September 30, 2014 (late reg. only) 

November 8, 2014                                                October 9, 2014

December 6, 2014                                                November 6, 2014

January 24, 2015                                                  December 29, 2014

March 14, 2015                                                     February 13, 2015

May 2, 2015                                                          April 6, 2015

June 6, 2015                                                         May 8, 2015



ACT (register at         
Test Date                                                              Registration Deadline                                 

October 25, 2014                                                  September 19, 2014

December 13, 2014                                              November 7, 2014

February 7, 2015                                                  January 9, 2015            

April 18, 2015                                                       March 13, 2015

June 13, 2015                                                       May 8, 2015

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SAT Prep at LWHS
The SAT Prep Course provides classroom-based practice testing and instructions in preparation for the SAT test. Areas covered include essay writing, grammar, geometry and algebra. Immediate feedback is provided - students will leave with a marked essay, their score from the practice test and a better understanding of SAT scoring. View the flyer for more information on dates, fees and additional locations, or visit

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College and Career Center

Services Available at the College and Career Resource Center

The College and Career Resource Center (CCC) is a place where students may investigate post-high school educational opportunities and career options. Open to all students and their parents, the center has many resources available throughout their high school years to access information on four-year colleges/universities, two-year community colleges, technical schools, apprenticeship programs, military and other post-high school options. Located in Room 180, the CCC is connected to the Counseling Office with access from the Student Center. The center is opened Monday-Friday, from 7:00am-3:00pm.


Students may find support and services in the following areas:


Apprenticeship Programs
Military Exploration
Assessments (aptitude/career/interest)
Student Employment
Career/College Exploration
Tech Prep College Connections - Dual Credit-High School/College
College Visits (held on LWHS Campus)
Testing Information (ACT/PSAT/SAT/ASVAB)
Community Service/Volunteer
Washington Network of Innovative Careers
Financial Aid/Scholarships
Workplace Skills (resume, interview & job skills)
Post-High School Education Planning

For more specific information on any of the above services, please contact Julie Madsen, Career Specialist at 425-936-1710 or   

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Upcoming College Visits to LWHS

All visits will be held in the College and Career Center, Room 180.

Students may sign up for a specific college visit and receive a pass to attend.


Sept 25
Willamette University
Oct 20
Dickinson College
Sept 29
Linfield College
Oregon State University
Oct 21
Claremont McKenna
Sept 30
Oct 22
University of Denver
Oct 6
Boise State University
Oct 23
South Methodist University
Oct 7
Western Washington University
Seattle Pacific University
Portland State University
Oct 24
Sanford Brown University
University of Pacific
Oct 8
Pacific University
Oct 27
Northwest University
University of Colorado-Boulder
Oct 10
Pacific Lutheran University
Oct 29
University of British Columbia
Oct 16
University of Portland
Oct 30
University of Redlands


For specific time of visits for colleges listed above go to the Career Center page on the LWHS website. 


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Seattle National College Fair

Friday, October 31, 9am-12pm

Saturday, November 1, 2pm-4pm

Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle


Parents and students participating in National College Fairs meet one-on-one with representatives from colleges and universities to discuss admission and financial aid opportunities at their respective institutions.


Register before the fair to make the most of your time onsite and ensure that colleges can follow up with you. Upon arrival at the fair, pick up a map to find your best-fitting colleges. Counselors will be available onsite to help you determine the colleges that meet your requirements regarding major, location, and other areas of interest.

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Information for Seniors and Senior ParentsSeniorInfo

Finding Scholarships
scholarship money

Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence, community service, athletic or artistic talent, even writing and poetry. Whatever your special gifts, there is probably a scholarship to match. Scholarships do not have to be repaid, but you do have to apply for them. Let the College and Career Center help you begin your search.


COMPLETE THE SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION TODAY! Pick up the application in the College and Career Center, or go to the College and Career Center website for additional information.  

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Senior Party Tickets Discounted until October 31
Class of 2015
graduation party
The senior all night party was created to provide a safe and fun way for seniors to celebrate their graduation. It will take place on Friday night, June 12, 2015. Tickets are on sale throughout the year.
Tickets are $125 each if paid in full and purchased before October 31. They can be purchased online at lwhsptsa.orgPrices increase to $140 in November with a two-installment payment plan option. Tickets are non-refundable.
Find more information and the down-loadable registration form here.

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Lake Washington Schools Foundation

LWSF Needs an Ambassador from LWHS
Want to be involved in your student's school but don't have much time in the day? Well, have we got a job for you! The Lake Washington Schools Foundation is looking for a new Ambassador representing LWHS. The role of the Ambassador is to be a link between the Foundation and the Ambassador's school community. LWSF raises funds to support academic excellence and success for all students within the Lake Washington School District.


For a complete job description and questions, please contact Suzie Connor (
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Washington State PTA News

PTA Advocacy - Your Input Needed 
The Washington State PTA's vision is to make every child's potential a reality. PTA members work in classrooms and communities across the state, but we also advocate in Olympia for the well-being and education of all children. Every fall, the association selects its legislative priorities, and hearing from you is a valuable step in the process. Please complete this year's PTA Survey by clicking this link. Your responses will assist voting delegates who attend Legislative Assembly in Vancouver on October 24 and 25 in setting the 2015-16 Legislative Platform. The survey closes on September 30.

Thank you so much for advocating for children. Together we speak in a powerful voice!

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Community News
These Community Announcements are provided as a service to the community: Lake Washington School District (LWSD) does not sponsor, endorse or recommend any of the organizations, services, or activities described in these materials.

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The Lake Washington School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, gender, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran, military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.bottomofpage